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Old 05-03-2017, 03:03 PM   #301
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yeah I didn't get the pics either, but they're a large missing void
Alright. I guess I can't link photos to google. I uploaded them to the tbricks server.

I don't think I'll be installing taller gears. I actually liked driving the car with 4.10s better, but that really limited my road trip driving. It is fine for everyday freeway driving the way it is.

Man Harald, I don't know how you get 28mpg in a 240. That is pretty good. A manual transmission makes that much difference? I was filling up every 200 miles. That isn't convenient in the Utah dessert.
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:24 PM   #302
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Alright. I guess I can't link photos to google. I uploaded them to the tbricks server.

I don't think I'll be installing taller gears. I actually liked driving the car with 4.10s better, but that really limited my road trip driving. It is fine for everyday freeway driving the way it is.

Man Harald, I don't know how you get 28mpg in a 240. That is pretty good. A manual transmission makes that much difference? I was filling up every 200 miles. That isn't convenient in the Utah dessert.

He didn't get 28. He's lying
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:36 PM   #303
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Alright. I guess I can't link photos to google. I uploaded them to the tbricks server.

I don't think I'll be installing taller gears. I actually liked driving the car with 4.10s better, but that really limited my road trip driving. It is fine for everyday freeway driving the way it is.

Man Harald, I don't know how you get 28mpg in a 240. That is pretty good. A manual transmission makes that much difference? I was filling up every 200 miles. That isn't convenient in the Utah dessert.
My car has a .72 OD and 3.73 rear end with those 215/45s. I tuned it to be at 15.5:1 AFR with 35 degrees of advance cruising. having no external fairings, an ipd skid plate, and many lows must have helped. I was not able to get precise numbers, but the 200 mile stretch between Arbuckle and Grenada, CA only took about 7.5 gallons with me behind the wheel, a couple passengers, and a trunk full of tools and luggage.

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Just because you can't tune doesn't mean it's hard to do it
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:38 PM   #304
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:50 PM   #305
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i'll vouch. i did the math on the way back.
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:14 PM   #306
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Maybe not a great reference, but my '92 245 averages about 25mpg highway if I keep it at 75mph. I've done better, but that was with a tail-wind. It's got a stock B230FT, chipped LH2.4, .79 or .81 5th (don't remember exactly), 3.73 rear, and 235/45R17 tires.

I would be much happier if I could get closer to 28mpg.
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:37 PM   #307
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I typically get around 20-21mpg around town. But running on the highway at 75mph or more. I'm making boost most of the time. I had a loaded car with a sail on the roof, and snow tires. None of that helps I know, but I was still surprised at 17mpg. Tank after tank after tank. I spent about $700-800 for fuel on that drive.

My setup isn't that different than yours. 3.73s, .68 4th gear, and a similar tire height 195/60/15.
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:43 PM   #308
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A bigger, laggier turbo could help. We were able to maintain 4" of vacuum or so doing 80-85 on flat sections.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:10 PM   #309
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i also thought it was interesting how much vac we picked up by getting behind that lifted pickup for a while.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:14 PM   #310
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It made a difference despite not following all that closely either.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:31 PM   #311
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My 240 got beat to hell in the big hail storm in May 2017. The insurance company totaled the car. I kept it, and they gave me a measly $1500. So what does a resourceful T-bricksta do? Time to fix it yourself. That money should cover my windshield, some junkyard panels, and paint supplies. All the plastic belt trim was busted up from the storm, both mirrors broken too. And the thicker Volvo sheetmetal fared really good compared to the newer thinner cars parked around me.

So here goes...

The paint wasn't great to start with, and the hail storm really blasted off the loose clear coat. It also made about 40-50 dents to fix.

Find em...


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Fill em...
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:38 PM   #312
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Cheese-less, Ken! I now know where to take my car for un-dinging to happen!
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:16 PM   #313
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MPG seems a little hard to achieve in hilly winding road high elevation CO?
Would really require that you tune it optimally and try to keep your foot just out of boost, which when the air is 40% less dense (or has vastly lower oxygen content anyway) with stuff on the roof and stupid big heavy wheels/tires, sounds more or less impossible....

N/A D24+T 24:1 N/A IDI compression diesel with a turbo for high elevation MPG? Low boost/retard the injection pump somehow for low elevation running and keep an eye on the EGTs?
One good thing about (outdated basically) IDI diesels is that if the pre-chamber is a reasonably efficient design, you can make the compression ratio fairly absurd for high elevation and/or low boost use.

I very much doubt with an AW that taller gears would be any help, and probably worse and miserable to drive in CO. I barely noticed any MPG difference going from 3.73 to 4.10 and in that elevation and average road speeds, I'd keep the 4.10 and trade *possibly* (I doubt it in practical terms really) a little RPM for ability to cruise in at least *slight* vacuum instead of boost most of the time.
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:24 PM   #314
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Question for you, with that method of dent removal, you are removing all galv that keeps these cars from rusting so easily, do you worry about that at all?
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:08 PM   #315
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I'm not overly concerned about the galv removal in the few bad spots that went down to metal. They will have good quality primer with good amounts of rust proofing in it and decent quality paint and clearcoat. The metal will be reasonably well sealed as long as the paint holds up. Long enough to get a few more years out of the car. It's not going to be a show car paint job, just making it respectable for daily driving. Pretty much the same treatment I gave my last 2 Volvos when they suffered the failing clear coat syndrome, but with some extra dent repair happening first.
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Old 07-17-2017, 11:36 PM   #316
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I feel yer pain Ken. I finally upgraded my beater V70 T5 to a sonic blue R 6 speed... In mid April. Got hit with that storm, fortunately not as bad as some people, but insurance paid me out $2900. Replaced one taillight, getting the dents pulled next Monday.

Still really tempted to invest a bill in some of those PDR tools and try my hand at that for future door dings.
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Old 07-24-2017, 01:41 PM   #317
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If anyone ever tells you that car painting is easy they are lying. My deltoids are screaming in agony this weekend after another big weekend of sanding and spraying primer. But progress... I have quite a few more hours of blocking and then color time...
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I painted a curtain rod yesterday. It sucked and my work sucked. Painting sucks.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:16 PM   #319
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Question for you, with that method of dent removal, you are removing all galv that keeps these cars from rusting so easily, do you worry about that at all?
They don't rust that bad if they aren't driven in salt spray. I used a sealer over bare metal on mine.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:30 PM   #320
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If anyone ever tells you that car painting is easy they are lying. My deltoids are screaming in agony this weekend after another big weekend of sanding and spraying primer. But progress... I have quite a few more hours of blocking and then color time...
Dude.... You're going to find paint dust all over your garage.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:30 AM   #321
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The paint is done and I am really happy with the outcome. I have the car re-assembled again and driving it around using it as my every day person and bike hauler. It just went past 240,000 miles and the motor is strong. I got it cleaned up and installed the summer wheels. It will be back on the snows again soon. But It was good to drive it around gathering compliments for a while.

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The paint is done and I am really happy with the outcome. I have the car re-assembled again and driving it around using it as my every day person and bike hauler. It just went past 240,000 miles and the motor is strong. I got it cleaned up and installed the summer wheels. It will be back on the snows again soon. But It was good to drive it around gathering compliments for a while.

oh, i like that!
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:34 PM   #323
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Looks awesome. Paint looks great.
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Old 10-04-2017, 11:17 AM   #324
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Any better pictures of the finish? Show off your hard work!
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